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  • #16
    RE: Global updates and queries


    Please see the attached (zipped BMP file). I don't see a difference between how the operations are designed.

    I tried to use the demo format on my database. It didn't work -- could it be because the form is based on a set?

    I'm working with my personal v4.5. Trying to get the bugs out before I start using V5 and put the database on the server.




    • #17
      RE: Global updates and queries

      I'm sorry you're having trouble seeing the differences.
      After you work with saved operations a bit this
      will become second nature.

      1) open each saved update operation in design mode
      - this will show you WHICH FIELDS will be updated
      - it will show you HOW they will be updated
      - it does NOT show you which records will be updated

      2) click 'Update' on the menu bar, then choose 'Select Records'
      - this will show you the range of records which
      will be affected by the saved update operation

      In my little example the lower flags op is defined to run
      against all records; while the raise selected flags op is
      defined to run against only the currently selected records.
      I mistakenly assumed you knew how to find these
      differences, sorry.

      Concerning your question about using a form based on a set,
      I have misgivings about that approach. It adds a level of
      complexity that may be more than you can handle at this stage.
      In fact there are limitations on the types of queries that can be
      run against child tables while using set based forms. These
      may get in your way.

      In my opinion using a saved operation to update selected records
      is appropriate when you want to do a batch update to all qualifying
      records in the table. If you want to update only qualifying
      records that ARE LINKED to the current parent table record,
      I would NOT use a saved update operation.

      It's difficult to offer specific advice because we can't see your
      database. I won't be able to assist further until you can
      either post a working model here, or you email one to me.

      -- tom


      • #18
        RE: Global updates and queries


        I was unaware of the select records option.. I was looking for it in properties-- but update doesn't have properties.

        I think that I can work around the set issue. It will require training the folks that print the labels. The set draws information from three databases when printing the labels.

        Again, thanks for your help.



        • #19
          RE: Global updates and queries


          You're welcome.

          The record selection 'definition' inside the update operation was created by the operations genie. What you're seeing now (in my little example) is how the setting is stored once the genie finishes her work.

          -- tom